DIHK Demands to Use Leeway in EU Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Directive for Exemption of Small Installations

On Friday, the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) called on the government to use the leeway given in Directive 2009/29/EC concerning greenhouse gas emission allowance trading scheme of the Community with respect to the exclusion of small installations.

Pursuant to Article 27 of Directive 2009/29/EC, Member States may under certain conditions “exclude from the Community scheme installations which have reported to the competent authority emissions of less than 25,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent”. A draft bill transposing the Directive into German law by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) lowers this threshold unnecessarily to 15,000 tonnes of CO2, DIHK points out. DIHK calls on the government to use the full leeway given in the Directive, i.e. 25,000 tonnes. This would help small and medium-sized businesses without endangering the aim of the law, DIHK points out.

Pursuant to Directive 2009/29/EC small installations can only be excluded from emission trading under certain conditions, in particular if they implement “measures that will achieve an equivalent contribution to emission reductions”. DIHK demands  to ease requirements, criticizing the annual emission reduction of 1.74% and the extensive reporting obligations laid down in the BMU draft as too bureaucratic.

Source: DIHK